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Issued at 1/10/2016 7:13am. Valid till 3/10/2016 6pm

Queenstown

Mountain
Current avalanche advisory
High Alpine

Above 2000 meters

Alpine

1000 to 2000 meters

Sub Alpine

Below 1000 meters

Avalanche Danger Scale
Avalanche Danger Scale
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Primary Avalanche Danger

Dangerous Aspects
high
Danger Rose
1
Highest Danger Rating
Likelihood
indicator
gauge
Certain
Likely
Unlikely
Size
indicator
gauge
Largest
Small
Trend
indicator
gauge
Increasing
No change
Decreasing
Time of day
clock
Time of day
10am - 4pm
Alpine level
High Alpine: Above 2000m
Alpine: 1000 to 2000m
Low Alpine: Below 1000m
Description:
You will find a fairly firm snowpack this morning, consider a sleep in, it will take longer for those softer conditions. Be cautious of loose wet avalanches as the day warms, this may take a while as overnight rain has had a re-freeze. As the snowpack softens, becoming isothermic (rotten) the only option will be higher elevations. Don't get yourself into a confined gully system or into steep terrain at lower elevations. Timing will be the key to skiing/riding supportive snow. Be cautious of the possibility of climax avalanches to ground when pockets of creep and glide become active, usually later in the day. These are areas are where the snow has buckled and cracked. Be wary today, the snowpack is going to be firm early, follow the sun to find that ego spring corn. Work the different aspects to get the best conditions.

Recent Avalanche Activity

Recent Avalanche Activity
A stable spring snowpack at present, over a week since any new activity has been reported.

Current Snowpack Conditions

Current Snowpack Conditions
A typical spring snowpack with firm snow conditions in the morning, softening as the day progresses. Expect to find isothermic (rotten) snow on most aspects at lower elevations by afternoon. The snowpack will be firm this morning after a little rain and a good re-freeze last night. Be cautious of terrain traps and steep slopes at lower elevations this afternoon. Be aware of the snowpack becoming unsupportive, especially with these longer spring days. Follow the sun in the mornings, and try the shadier slopes in the afternoon. Remember, cloud or a cold breeze will slow this process.

Mountain Weather

Mountain Weather
A fine day ahead, any morning cloud will clear quickly. A moderate NW breeze over the coming days. The freezing level will be high at around 2100 m. Some rain in the W ranges over the next 48 hrs, nothing is forecast to reach our area.


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Sliding Danger

Slide For Life
Good idea to throw an ice axe and crampons (or ski crampons) in the touring kit, always a good idea at this time of year.

Forecast by Chris Cochrane

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